I spent the better part of the day reorganizing the Computer Room so I could
use the Belkin Omni View Pro John the paper millionaire of a dotcom gave me
yesturday. Heck, I'm still cleaning up.
So far I have three machines hooked up to it—my primary Linux machine
linus, the network monitor area51 and the Windows box,
killjoy. It works great but there are a few gotchas I've come
The first is that it will work without being plugged in, but to actually
drive the monitor you need the Belkin unit plugged in. Makes sense, in that
there is probably a simple embeded system in it to generate the menus and
allow you to switch consoles via the keyboard.
The other glitch involves the Logitech trackball I use. With it plugged
into the Belkin, the Windows box works fine, but the Linux system doesn't
see the mouse at all. Annoying but everything else works wonderfully.
So I have two mice next to the keyboard—the Logitech plugged directly into
the Linux system, and a regular mouse plugged into the Belkin (for the
Windows system right now).
My roommate Rob
is seriously considering getting one. I think he's jealous.
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